Voll Damm - Damm S. A.

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 18.35%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 06-21-2003

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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 37
Reviews by Regenpak:
Photo of Regenpak
3.84/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The joke goes that when on holiday in Spain only two lines are important, the first being: "Dos cerveza por favor", and the second: "Dos mas". So I discovered this brew while on holiday in Barcelona, and this particular bottle was broght to Amsterdam by friends.

The history of this beer seems to be that German brewers moved to Barcelona and then started to brew various styles. The Voll Damm (pron. "boy damm") is Deutsches Märzenbier. The brewers used a double dose of malt in the recipe ("se duplicó la cantidad de MALTA EN LA RECETA" as it says verbatim on the label) so hence the "Voll" (full).

My 25 cl bottle showed the BB date as 06/06, but since I kept it in the fridge it was still OK. It poured an amber color, almost no head (maybe because of said date) and just a few bubbles. The smell is strong and sweet, almost caramel. It has some bitterness but is very pleasant and drinks easy. The alcohol is noticable but not on the foreground. There's just a little carbonisation.

More User Reviews:
Photo of shigg85
4.04/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a bottle of this at a Spanish restaurant in the Metropolitan building of the Ikebukuro station in Tokyo. I bought it for the simple fact that it was the darkest and most expensive beer they had bottles of. It was my first Spanish beer, so I had no idea what to expect. However, I was blown away by how tasty this brew was. It is a dark brew with a nice white head that retains its shape throughout its life. The smell overwhelmed me in a good way as I poured it into the glass. Very spicy and herbal in a way that obviously suits Spanish cuisine. The mouthfeel was a bit weak considering the appearance and the scent of the brew. However, I was overall pleased with this random selection. I get the impression that many other Spanish beers are not in this fashion, and looking at how others ranked this beer, I feel I am out of the popular consensus. Regardless, I loved this brew and I would recommend it if you see it around.

Photo of PapaEugene
3.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The first real beer in Catalunya after a horrible San Miguel from a dirty glass at the airport.

A: A beautiful copper/amber color with a 2 finger sized white head.

S: Very thin smell. Some hops and some sweet caramel tones. Some metallic note as well.

T: Floral hops, light roasted malts, citrus and some caramel. Slightly bitter and again a hint of metal.

M: Medium carbonation and a light body. Nice smooth finish though.

D: For a quad lover this is better than the average Spanish pilsener. Had this on many more occcasions. My main issue with this beer is that the taste is out of balance.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
2.64/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Girlfrend brought this back from Barcelona. Kind of excited to drink a Märzenbier so I'm opening this one first out of the whole haul.

A- Very nice looking bottle. Crystal clear gold with TONS of bubbles rising throughout. Almost makes it look heterogenous. Good retention of the greyish head. Good amount of lacing.

S- Awww. Smells skunked and corny right from the bottle. Poured into SA perfect glass. Very sweet artificial caramel which kindof smells nice but just not right.Some dusty alcohol.

T- Skunkiness seems to have dissipated. Nice caramel maltiness which ends up better than what the smell hinted. Couldn't find the bitterness in the first few sips but it ended up growing and tasting a bit nasty and artificial. The subtle hop touch adds a lemony character. Alcohol is a little solventy. The bitterness really sticks around the back of the throat like something you shouldn't be ingesting.

M- Very smooth. Low carbonation (did it all leave in the pour?) Not dry.

O- Had this straight out the fridge but it still tasted kind of dirty. I'm not sure I could drink very much of this.

Photo of evlu1441
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It has a nice centimeter of foamy head on top of a clear, medium-dark amber beer.

The aroma is quite strong and malty, with a hint of caramel in the background.

The flavour is slightly sweet. The alcohol comes through quite noticeably, and it has a kind of breakfast cereal aftertaste.

Overall, this is an okay offering if you're looking for a strong beer. I wouldn't seek it out back home though... It's probably pretty expensive.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl Green can, brought back from Majorca by my daughter and her husband, one of three different beers from this brewery.

Best before May 2011 it was drank and reviewed mid Nov 2010. Poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed glass tulip.

Looked good, copper body of clear beer, on top a large foaming head of a light tan/creamy colour. Some good lacing as the beer sank.

Malt sweetness in the nose, molasses/treacle/toffee, nice.

I tend to go for maltier beers more than the hoppier ones, but this was over the top malty even for me. It was a harsh tasting malt with a really dry and metallic aftertaste. I don't think it was hop bitterness, but I suppose it could have been, anyway I didn't like it. The alcohol was also 'in your face' from start to finish, not a pleasant drink in my eyes what so ever.

Strange beer, and not one I'd try again in a hurry. Looks and smells really good, pity about the rest.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.8/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat oily in its structure. The first mouth looks just a little first before spicy be easy to drink. However, the finish awakens the senses and endures in the palace where they will mark traces of peanuts and bread and popcorn. Barley is also present and a great way as it is expressed by various peanut fumes. Corn is also there, either in the nose or in the body.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.85/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed many times. Amber color, crystal clear appearance. White froth, brief crown. Sweet, sugary, mildy toasted, adjunct cereal & spicy aromas. Malty, harsh alcoholic & bitter upfront. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Honey & spicy notes. Herbal sweet/bitter finish. ABV is well felt.

Photo of Andreji
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I guess Voll Damm's double malt gives it a flavour edge over the mediocre Estrella. in all fairness, it's not too bad.

The beer profiles as a munchen helles because of the slightly darker toned golden colour and the scarce head it boosts at first. the smell is clearly malty, and I guess that's what you expect when the beer is sold for being double-malt.

the taste was actually quite decent, a sweet strong euro lager type with a decent bitter ending. nothing too fancy I mussay, but still, on to be drunk a few times in beer-deprived south Spain.

Photo of kojevergas
2.04/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

7.2% confirmed. Can acquired in Ibiza, Spain. Reviewed from notes taken April 2011. Can was served into a Guinness pint glass.

A: Pours a four finger creamy head of fair thickness and decent retention. Colour is a copper-yellow. Good head for the ABV.

Sm: Very malty, but light in strength overall.

T: A malty body with hints of barley hither and thither. Poorly built but surprisingly fairly balanced for a crappy Spanish macrolager. A bit of cream on the open is the most pleasant aspect of the beer, but the malt doesn't carry through the refreshing feel established by the cream, which is a disappointment. Way too malty. It doesn't taste like alcohol, which is impressive considering the lack of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and light. Warm from the alcohol, an unpleasant effect in the throat. If you were on the fringe of vomiting, a sip of this would surely tip you into the red zone.

Dr: Extremely cheap and high ABV, but low quality. Probably the best beer in Ibiza hands-down for getting knackered, but it's far from great. That said, of all the beers I remember having in Ibiza, this one sticks out for its (relative) drinkability. Just don't get it in the canned version; stick to the bottles.

Low D

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted a couple of bottles of Voll-Damm doble malta "das originale marzenbier" in Barcelona in May 2006.

It poured a clear amber brew topped by a white head that remained throughout. Smelled only slightly malty, but detected nonetheless. It was the best of a mediocre bunch of Spanish beers sampled; tasted quite refreshing with a decent enough bite to it. Slightly bitter, ahcohol well disguised. Overall: not bad.

Photo of seanyfo
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into what appears to be a spirit tumbler on a street cafe on the Rambla de Catalunya in Barcelona

A- Deep orange copper body with a 2 finger creamy head with moderate retention and good lacing. Excellent clarity

S- Toasted bready malts, munich malts, maybe a toffee note also.

T- Malt sweetness dominates the tongue, almost bock-like, this fades to a crisp lager finish, alcohol more apparent here although not hot.

M- Low to medium carbonation, full body, creamy.

T- Tasty enough albeit a bit sweet for a true marzen and also abv is too high, this more resembles a bock to me. Malt sweetness went well with the grilled beefburger in a roquefort cheese sauce i had with it.

Photo of BucBasil
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from the 330 mL can into a pint glass.

Really good smell in this one with lots of bread and an apricoty fruit note somewhere in the middle there. Maybe a bit of caramel. Very malt heavy. Touch of butterscotch or just butter bread in there as well...

The beer tastes similar but with more of that buttery character. Very smooth, but perhaps a bit cloying. Bready and malty but perhaps not enough balance in there. Alcohol comes into play as the beer warms. Not fantastic but drinkable.

Overall pretty good. Not sure I would pick it up again because it's very unbalanced.

Photo of bark
2.36/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The colour is pale gold, the large airy head is white, and it leaves some lacing while sinking.

The smell is weak. Some notes of sweet malt (cookies) and honey.

The taste is sweet and a bit malty. French loaf, some marzipan and alcohol. The aftertaste got notes of bread and dough, alcohol and turpentine. The taste is heavy and watery at the same time.

The carbonation is medium, the bubbles are large. The liquid is a bit sticky.

Another sweet strong euro lager... It doesn't get better just because it is from Spain.

Photo of srandycarter
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a clear medium honey small head leaves quickly slight soapy lacing

s slight malt vert subtle smell

t medium malt bitter slight tinny finish but not bad claen in end

m medium body nice mouth good carb

d first spanish not tiring - a nice beer to get in 6 pack form when visiting Europe.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale brass with loose white froth that flees fast but rims.
Faint caramel popcorn with a bit of earthy, spice hops.
Thick honey on country loaf with a big grassy hit.
Papery finish and astringent linger. Medium, chewy, some burn.

Maize and rice in the ingredients; only 18% barley, which ain’t good. It does a passable job of throwing the shapes of a true marzen. But it is a bit cheap and flimsy on the linger – crunchy autumn leaves come to mind. There are far worse double malts.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: clear bronze color, steady carbonation stream in the middle, medium head that dissipates, no lacing
s: as advertised -- doble malta, slightly sweet, spicy hints
t: some mildly sweet fruit tastes to go with the malts, finishes with a quick dose of bitter hops
m: lots of carbonation, light to medium body
d: a rather well-balanced beer which at times was reminiscent of other too-funky euro strong ales, but never to enough to be bad, smooth to drink

Photo of Radome
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25 cl bottle into a goblet.

A - Attractive beer. It is a deep golden color edging to copper or orange and it's very clear. The head is thick and fluffy at first, fading to a thin layer with nice lacing. Tiny bubbles.

S - The aromatics change for the better as the beer breathes and warms. Straight from the fridge it smells harsh and skunky like a mass-market "pilsner" lager you'd find anywhere in the world. Give it some time and its German heritage shows through. The skunkiness disappears, replaced by muted noble hops. The dominate aroma is malt--nutty, grainy, Munich malt. There is even some sweet alcohol presence in the nose.

T - The taste is more along the lines of the original aroma, unfortunately. Moderate hops bitterness that seems a little harsh and skunky. This fades in mid-palate and some malt shows through, but it is not as round and satisfying as good German examples. The bitterness returns in the end with a lemon twang, offset by a hit of alcohol.

M - Thin body, little noticeable carbonation, dry finish. A bit of alcohol bite.

O - This beer is drinkable, inexpensive, readily available and has a respectable alcohol content. Although not a great beer, it has become my standard to keep on hand in Spain because it is worlds better than other Spanish beers I’ve had. I'll keep looking, but so far this is the best local brew I've found.

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.51/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

L: Looks very clear, filtered. Deep golden color. Almost not existent head.
S: Smells kind of nice, flowery, citrusy, alcoholic with hints of caramel
T: Tastes like an average golden lager with an alcoholic boost thanks to the corn and rice adjuncts. Corn taste is kind of high which is not very pleasant. Leaves a nasty mild metallic flavor in the back of the tongue.
F: Medium-low body with low carbonation.
O: Average beer that you can find in the 7/11 in Mexico.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
2.55/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Crystal clear light amber in color. Frothy white head that subsides to a mere after thought of a head but stays throughout the session.

Not much on the nose. a hint of hops, an ever larger hint of alcohol.

Taste almost all alcohol. Keep going back to look for something else, but there's just nothing there.

Mouthfeel-rough. Just this side of hard liquor. There was nothing done to hide the 7.2% alcohol in this beer.

End result: don't bother with this beer, nor any other "Damm" beer for that matter. They're all terrible.

Photo of nekronos
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good, the taste is very malty, and very strong too. HAd it beofre the standar Estrella and was very dizzy, maybe it wa sbecause I was a little tired. The foam is not very big but it is quite exceptional. The aroma is very alcoholic but with character.

Photo of josanguapo
1.82/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

In Legado de Yuste glass. Playing KB Dark Side. Too much sweet/caramel taste. Its missing hops for so much malt

Photo of ithacabaron
3.39/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours with the color of chestnut honey, with little or no head, and only a spotting of toad's eye bubbles rising from time to time. Eh.

Aroma is candied nuts, malt, cleanness. A decent replica of the classic marzen nose.

Taste is sweet at first, with loquat, starfruit, and a hint of apricot. This much fruitiness seems out of place. On the swallow, harsh bitterness sweeps in, leaving a somewhat chemical impression. Odd, to say the least.

Mouthfeel could use a bit more pop -- with the sticky sweetness that pervades much of the experience, it needs to be lighter and brisker to balance things out.

Overall, there are worse beers in Barca, but this isn't that far a step above. Drink cold, and in cool weather.

Photo of FLima
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color with a thin head with short retention and leaving scattered laces.
Aroma of caramel malt, yeast and bread. Hops are too distant.
Flavor is bolder, but not well balanced. Notes of sweet malt and adjuncts, apples soaked in booze, some caramel and floral hops.
Light to medium body with good carbonation of small bubbles. Alcohol of 7.2% is clearly there, dominating the mouth.
This Marzen lacks a better balance; advertised extra malt addition was not enough to cover its alcohol content, nor its timid hops contributed to it. But it is not an awful beer, just don't give me a real pleasant feeling.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2000.

Appearance : amber color, with white foam head (not persistent).
Smell : hops aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : hoped, malty body with alcohol presence, solft consistency.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Euro strong lager.

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